January 11, 2017 04:21 AM
By: Maricyn A. De los Santos
HOLIDAY market frenzy is not every day, but it would be better to have rules to ensure order.
Some Iloilo City councilors suggested during their regular session on Jan. 10, 2017 that there should be rules for ambulant or sidewalk vendors that mushroom in the metro, especially during holidays.
This, after Councilor RLeoni Gerochi received a complaint letter dated Dec. 27, 2016 from a group of vendors in Iloilo Terminal Market.
They alleged that vendors were not from Iloilo City and not members of their association but were still allowed to sell in the streets surrounding the market during the holidays.
He said that while the number of vendors increases over the years, the spaces where they sell remain the same.
"What policy do we have? Is it on a first-come first-serve basis? Are the locals priority?" Gerochi asked.
Gerochi suggested that it is about time to craft guidelines to avoid confusion.
Apparently, the city's Market Code has no specific provisions on or rules on ambulant vendors selling during the holidays.
Councilor Mandrei Malabor said only residents of Iloilo City and stall owners are allowed to sell in the city's public market.
"We will look into this matter, and maybe set guidelines in preparation for next December," Malabor assured.
Meanwhile, Vice Mayor Joe Espinosa III asked the Market Committee to also look into vendors that sell outside the markets early morning and late afternoon.
"Perhaps the market committee can establish guidelines on this, too," Espinosa said.